WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The National Weather Service's (NWS) Climate Prediction Center has issued a forecast covering April 30 and May 3that includes some much needed rain. The Florida Peninsula could get from one to two inches of widespread that should help the state's wildfire situation. While this rainfall could bring some much-needed relief to parts of the drought-stricken Sunshine State, officials caution that this event will not be a "drought buster."
During the same period, heavy rain is expected to fall across central and western Texas, western Oklahoma and most of New Mexico and Colorado. Texas could also use a good rainfall to help eliminate the drought and wildfire conditions in the western end of the state.
The storm system responsible for the rain is expected to be a slow mover. As a result, NWS forecasters warn there could be a chance of associated flooding.
Heavy rain is also forecast in northern California and southern Oregon, and the western and southern parts of Alaska between April 30 and May 2. Looking farther into the future, from May 3-7, heavy rain, coastal flooding and strong on-shore winds are possible in the Pacific Northwest. That system is expected to bring cool temperatures, which will preclude any significant snowmelt.
A rainmaker in the Midwest and Plains states between May 3 and 7 will bring heavy precipitation to that area. That storm system will slowly move to the northeast, bringing more rain - particularly over the Great Lakes states.